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October 6, 2012

Volume 18, Number 23

Volunteers needed to clean up Indian Creek Elementary By Donna Williams Lewis

“What I saw was a beautiful area that was being destroyed by humans with their garbage,” Rawlins said. “It was a shock.” Rawlins, who was a 25-year convention and trade show manager, said she knew it would be a challenge, but she was determined to get the school grounds cleaned. She corralled an army of volunteers, including teachers and many of the school’s 1,065 students, to begin to transform the grounds. Many of these students are from refugee families, and more than 50 languages are spoken in their homes. Since March, more than 1,500 volunteer hours have been logged in cleaning up the

When retiree Susan Rawlins arrived at Indian Creek Elementary School to lead a volunteer activity last spring, the first thing she noticed was the trash on the school grounds. Rawlins had been thinking about doing additional volunteer work with Keep DeKalb Beautiful and decided Indian Creek would become her project. That’s when she found that trash was just the surface of the problem. Around the school’s grounds she found plenty of evidence that it had long been a dumping ground for neighborhood trash and a haven for drug use and prostitution. Please see INDIAN CREEK, page 9

Activists collected more than 3,000 pounds of garbage, including sofas, tents, mattresses and drug paraphernalia, on Indian Creek Elementary grounds in Clarkston over two cleanup days.

Advocates fight to keep archives open to public Visitors view displays at the Flat Rock Archive in Lithonia. Archive President Johnny Waits said the Georgia Archives were invaluable in his initial research on the community.

After Nov. 1, access will be by appointment only By Donna Williams Lewis

Using the Georgia Archives helped Emma Davis-Hamilton learn more about a family of relatives who “disappeared” from South Georgia in the years that led up to the Great Depression. They were drowning in debt, she found. More foraging at the state archives in Morrow uncovered something much more sinister. “I was able to document a whispered story of E. Davis-Hamilton the lynching of a family member that occurred in Miller County during the 1920s,” said DavisHamilton of Decatur. “These are records I wouldn’t have found in Miller County.” Getting to records such as those will become a lot more difficult after Nov. 1. That’s when the Georgia Archives, a repository of records and artifacts that go back to the 1700s, is slated to be closed to the public. The only public access will be through limited appointments. Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced the closure “with great remorse” on Sept. 13 as the way his office will meet a required state budget cut of $732,626, or 3 percent. The prospect has put the Georgia Archives in national news as the only state archives in the United States whose public records will be closed to the public. “It’s like cutting me off from my history,” said Davis-Hamilton, chair of the Atlanta chapter of the African American Historical and Genealogical Society. “It’s cutting you off from your past.” State archives staff numbered more than 100 in the early ’80s when it operated out of

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a facility in downtown Atlanta. Staff was down to about 40 employees when the archives moved in 2003 to Morrow, near the entrance to Clayton State University. Today, there are 10 employees who, on Nov. 1, will be cut to just three – two archivists and a maintenance worker. Archives advocates are up in arms. On Oct. 3, supporters protested the impending closure at the state Capitol in downtown Atlanta. The rally was co-sponsored by the Society of Georgia Archivists and the Friends of Georgia Archives and History on behalf of the Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives. The coalition, formed about a year ago, says Georgians rely on the archives to manage, preserve and provide timely access to government records and to keep government transparent and accountable.

At press time Thursday, a Facebook campaign, Georgians Against Closing State Archives, had 3,595 “likes.” Meanwhile, more than 16,750 people have signed a petition appealing to Gov. Nathan Deal to keep the archives open. Deal is on record as saying the archives will remain open at last September’s annual signing of a Georgia Archives Month proclamation. “We’re still working on our budget proposals, but the archives will stay open,” Deal said. In response to a query from Cross­ Roads­News, the governor’s press office said Wednesday that the governor is committed to keeping these important records accessible to Georgians. “He’ll find funding to do that in the supplemental budget he proposes to the Legislature early next year,” the statement

said. “What happens before that action can take place is in the hands of the Secretary of State’s Office.” Kenneth H. Thomas, co-chairman of the Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives, said the loss of public access to the archives “sets a very bad precedent.” “Public records are by nature public,” said Thomas, who lives in the city of Decatur. “For this amount of money … it’s just a very ridiculous situation.” Johnny Waits, president of the Flat Rock Archive in Lithonia, said the state archives were invaluable in his initial research on the Flat Rock Community, which predates the formation of DeKalb County in 1822. “For beginners, the state archives is very important because you have somebody that will help you,” Waits said. With guidance from state archivists, Please see ARCHIVES, page 5




October 6, 2012

The change will not affect the inmate release process, but bonds will not be accepted during these hours.

Special prosecutor to probe alleged preferential treatment By Donna Williams Lewis

Charles Spahos, executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia, will lead the investigation into alleged preferential treatment by police of DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson during an alleged drunk-driving incident in July. Spahos was appointed special prosecutor into the case by state Attorney Charles Spahos General Sam Olens on the request of DeKalb Solicitor General Sherry Boston. He is the solicitor general of Henry County and was appointed executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys Council in July.

Boston’s call for help came in the wake of a DeKalb Police Department internal affairs investigation that concluded on Sept. 21. “Based on the allegations that Commissioner Watson is being given Stan Watson preferential treatment due to his status as a DeKalb County commissioner, I feel it is appropriate to have someone outside of this jurisdiction review all of the evidence and make the final determination if any charges are warranted,” Boston said in a Sept. 21 statement. “I want to make sure the matter receives a very thorough and unbiased investigation, while helping to ensure to the citizens of DeKalb County that all cases will be handled

fairly and equitably, regardless of who is involved.” Police reports say Watson was seated at the Tanqueray Lounge in Decatur on July 12 when Officer O.B. Parker, who was working security, heard him accuse a female bartender of stealing his wallet. When she said she didn’t have it, Watson accused a second woman of stealing his wallet and passing it to another woman, the report said. When Watson left the club, he reportedly yelled, “I’m gonna act a f-----g fool in the morning” and “One of those two b-----s stole my wallet.” One of the women was briefly arrested for ignoring Parker’s warnings to calm down. Watson later found his wallet in his car. Parker reported that Watson had slurred speech, an unsteady walk and glossy red eyes. He said he told Watson he had seen

Judge denies bond to rape suspect

Oct. 9 is deadline to register to vote in Nov. 6 election

Gary Mincey, a serial rape suspect, is back in the DeKalb County Jail awaiting trial after DeKalb Superior Court Judge Gail Flake denied him bond on Oct. 2. Mincey, 35, was arrested on Dec. 1, 2011, after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman he Gary Mincey followed home from the Publix grocery store on Flakes Mill Road. Officers said that while the woman was unpacking her groceries, Mincey sneaked into her home near Columbia Drive and attacked her. He also stole her cell phone and laptop before taking off in a dark SUV, police said.

Unregistered DeKalb residents who want to vote in the Nov. 6 general and presidential election and the Dec. 4 runoff election have until Oct. 9 to register to vote. A registered voter must be a citizen of the United States, a legal resident of Georgia, at least 18 years old, not be serving a sentence for a conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude, and have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge. To register for the first time in Georgia, citizens must provide any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a free

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him drink several alcoholic beverages and told him not to drive the white Mercedes he entered. Watson said he wouldn’t drive, according to Parker, who called a supervisor to the scene. But after the supervisor arrived, Parker said Watson drove his car out of the lot. Officers pursued him but could not locate him. About a minute later, Watson returned to the parking lot, exited his vehicle and said, “I am going to let someone take me home.” Parker wrote that Watson was allowed to leave the bar “due to circumstances beyond my control.” He did not elaborate. A decision was made to allow Watson to get a ride home and no formal DUI investigation was done. Watson could not be reached for comment Thursday, but on July 26 he said he did not do anything wrong.

DeKalb Jail cuts hours for lobby DeKalb County Jail reduced the opening hours for its lobby from 24 hours to 17 hours daily to reduce the need for overtime. Under the new hours, which went into effect Sept. 29, the lobby is closed to the public between midnight and 7 a.m. daily. Sgt. Adrion Bell, a jail spokesman, said the change will not affect the inmate release process, but bonds from bonding companies and the public will not be accepted during these hours. “Visitors will no longer be allowed to wait on released inmates in the lobby after midnight,” Bell said. “This change comes in an effort to maintain fiscal responsibility by cutting operating hours, thereby reducing the need for overtime.”



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October 6, 2012

“His life story is very inspirational and a model of what public service really means.”

Lithonia son comes home to sign book about life Author, university administrator, public servant and Lithonia native son Howard Nathaniel Lee will sign copies of his book, “The Courage to Lead: One Man’s Journey in Public Service,” on Oct. 13 at the LiHoward Lee thonia Woman’s Club starting at 2 p.m. Lee, who served three terms as mayor of Chapel Hill in the 1970s and became a North Carolina state

senator in 1990 and served for 13 years, chronicles his life experiences while growing up on a sharecropping farm in Lithonia. The book tells about the hurdles as well as the triumphs and the people who helped him during his career in North Carolina. Lithonia Mayor Deborah A. Jackson said they are looking forward to welcoming Lee home. “His life story is very inspirational and a model of what public service really means,” Jackson said. Lee’s visit supports the efforts

of the city and its residents to pay tribute to veterans on Nov. 10 with a parade and ceremony at the Bruce Street African-American Cemetery beginning at 11 a.m. Councilwoman Tracy-Ann Williams, who chairs the Veterans Day Planning Committee, says “it’s truly an honor to have Mr. Lee come back to the city and support our efforts to honor the brave men and women who gave so much for the freedoms we enjoy today.” The Veterans Day Salute & Parade will pay tribute to Lithonia natives and veterans like former U.S.

Series celebrates Flat Rock community The historic Flat Rock Community in Lithonia will be celebrated during the “Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion” series at Stonecrest Library in Lithonia kicking off Oct. 13. It focuses on the history, diversity and preservation of the community that predates the formation of DeKalb County in 1822. It begins with the photographic exhibit “Reflections of Our Com-

munity Past and Present” opening Oct. 13 with a 1-to-3 p.m. reception. The exhibit, which will be on display Oct. 13-Nov. 13 during library hours, includes photos taken by students in the Arabia Mountain High School Photography Club and a collection of historical photos from the Flat Rock Museum. On Oct. 19, “Where Home Is,” a documentary on the Flat Rock Community, will be screened be-

tween 2 and 5 p.m. at the library. On Oct. 20, the Flat Rock Archive at 3979 Crossvale Road in Lithonia will host a day of food, fun, horseback riding and vendors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friends and Family Day takes place Oct. 21 at the Flat Rock Community Church at 11 a.m. For vending space, call 770335-3450. For more information, visit or call 770482-3828.

‘D.I.V.A.’ conference at Georgia Piedmont Uplifting music and dance will be featured at the Oct. 20 “Called to Be a D.I.V.A.” women’s empowerment conference at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center in Clarkston. The eighth annual Divine, Inspirational, Victorious, Anointed conference, presented by Worshippers Interceding for Excellence Church, takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kathern Thomas, the Scottdale church’s senior pastor, will speak along with the church’s elder, Alicia Alston; Minister Diane Partain of With Purpose Church in Acworth; and Pastor Dale Brown of Restoration Church of Deliverance in Tucker. There will be praise and worship with recording artist Kenekie Wil-

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liams along with the Praise Dancers from Divine Destiny Christian Church in LaGrange. Thomas started the D.I.V.A. conference eight years ago with the mission of empowering women with the Word of God. The registration fee is $20 per person and includes lunch. Vendor opportunities are available. Tickets can be purchased at

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Sen. Max Cleland, a Vietnam War veteran and recipient of the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for valorous action in combat, and Lanier W. Phillips, a U.S. Navy veteran and 1942 shipwreck survivor of the USS Truxtun who was recently laid to rest in the Bruce Street cemetery. While in town, Lee will be interviewed by Atlanta filmmaker Eddy Anderson, who is documenting the rich history of the Granite City and the Lithonia area. For more information, visit or call 678-459-8687.

Party to mark Johnson’s 10 years in office Friends, family and supporters of District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson will celebrate his 10 years of service to D e Ka l b o n Oct. 19 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Decatur. Tickets are on sale for Larry Johnson the program, which begins at 7 p.m. They are $50 for individuals and $80 for couples and are available at www Johnson, the presiding officer of the Board of Commissioners, was elected in November 2002 with 92 percent of the vote. At the time, he was the youngest commissioner ever elected. During his first year in office, he voted for a $32 million infrastructure and highway improvement program for sidewalks and traffic congestion relief. As presiding officer, Johnson makes appointments to the board’s standing committees. The Courtyard by Marriott is at 130 Clairemont Ave. For more information, e-mail inviter or call 404-307-2580.

Trash collection still twice a week

NAACP panelists will Lithonia Rocks discuss death penalty with music, food

Now that recycling is free, DeKalb County government is exploring reducing trash pickup to once a week. Commissioner Lee May, who chairs the Board of Commissioners’ Budget Committee, said the reduction in trash pickup days is not automatic. “It has been discussed but is very far away from being a reality,” he said. The “Curbside Recycling Now Free” front-page story in the Sept. 29 issue of CrossRoadsNews incorrectly said that the county had reduced trash collection from twice a week to once.

A panel discussion on “Life or Death: A Dialogue on the Death Penalty in Georgia” will take place at the 70th annual NAACP Georgia State Convention & Civil Rights Conference on Oct. 12 at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria in Atlanta. Among the panelists are attorneys Herbert Adam Jr., John Milton Turner Jr. and Terrica Ganzy and the Rev. Vizion B. Jones. They will discuss death penalty laws and the effects that they have on society. Decatur Attorney Yvonne Hawks will moderate the 2:30-to-4:30 p.m. discussion. Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria is at 200 Interstate North Parkway. For more information, contact the Georgia State Conference NAACP at 404-577-8977.

Downtown Lithonia will come alive with live R&B and jazz, good food, video games, and shopping at Lithonia Rocks on Oct. 13. The night of family entertainment, presented by the city of Lithonia, begins at 7 p.m. near the Wayfield Supermarket in the center of town. It is sponsored by Burroughs, Keene, Paulk & Von Schuch. Kids can play Xbox, Wii and PS3 while their parents shop stores and vendors. For more information, call 770-4844044.

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“Public records are by nature public. For this amount of money … it’s just a very ridiculous situation.”

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Supporters rally on Oct. 3 at the state Capitol to protest the Nov. 1 closure. They have launched a Facebook campaign, Georgians Against Closing State Archives.


Waits was able to find information on his great-great-grandmother Eliza Waits, who was enslaved. Waits said he found that she was still living at her slave master’s plantation in 1870 in a house that would now be located at Browns Mill and Evans Mill roads in Lithonia. Members of the Waits family still live on the land that formed that plantation in the area of Crossvale and Flat Rock roads. The Flat Rock Archive, a museum that holds records of the area, is at 3979 Crossvale Road. In 2008 when it was still open five days per week, the Georgia Archives served 8,712 visitors at its Morrow offices even though some of its records are available online. In 2010, public access was cut to three days per week, and by 2011 it was down to two days a week. Kaye Lanning Minchew, co-chair of the Coalition to Preserve the Georgia Archives and director of the Troup County Archives who spoke at Wednesday’s rally, said this week that the Georgia Archives hold the earliest records of the people of Georgia, including the laws of the state. “These are records that affect our daily lives,” Minchew said. The archives have been used to determine where old gas tanks lie, to perform title searches and determine property rights for utilities, to settle regional disputes, and to ferret out the branches of family trees, all with a professional archivist available to assist. Thomas, an author, principal historian in the state’s Historic Preservation Division, and a leading figure in Georgia genealogy, said that many of the resources AfricanAmericans need to research their ancestry can only be found at the state archives. He has used the Georgia Archives for 50 years, and he says that African-Americans access post-Civil War county tax digests that list Freedmen farmers and their employers that linked them to former plantation owners and T other avenues for research. CK OU ER CHEpossible M M U Thomas said S OUR PECIALS!the facility holds pre-1900 S seach records BelowGeorgia county, providing TIMECoufor pon See a central place to do research. “African-Americans can search for postwar marriage and land records as well as antebellum estate records and deeds where slaves would be linked in family groupings,” he said. “Having personally traced slave deeds for Marion County, I know that a courthouse fire eliminated many sources, but recent published newspaper abstracts for the county’s legal organ from antebellum days showed many slave sales that helped supplement the missing deeds.” There are death certificates that help determine burial sites, and 1867 voter registration books there show the names of the first blacks to register after the Civil War. The death certificates are also available online via the archives’ Virtual Vault. Local historian Herman “Skip” Mason credits the Georgia Archives for some of the photographs in his 1998 book, “AfricanAmerican Life in DeKalb County 18231970.” David Rotenstein, a Georgia State University graduate who has worked in historic preservation and consulted on historic matters for 28 years, says “the state archives is like Google on steroids.” Rotenstein, who lived near Washington, D.C., from 2000 until last year when he returned to Georgia, said he “practically had a second home” at the National Archives and the Library of Congress. His research on race and urban renewal in the city of Decatur was published in the May 2012 issue of “Reflections,” a newsletter of the state’s Historic Preservation Division. But he didn’t take a trip to the Georgia Archives to supplement his research on Decatur, relying instead on oral histories and records he could find on the county level.

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“Access was so restricted by the time I got here that I sought alternatives,” Rotenstein said. In a Sept. 21 statement, Kemp said his office can no longer afford to keep the state archives open to the public. His office includes the State Elections Division; the Securities Division, which is

charged with protecting Georgians from financial fraud; the Corporations Division, which processes hundreds of thousands of registrations for Georgia businesses; and the Professional Licensing Boards Division. The statement said that the agency’s budget has been cut by more than 25 percent – from $32.1 million in 2008 to $23.7 million

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“Bank of America has done a huge disservice to Atlanta and it’s time for some accountability.”

Housing alliance files bias complaint against Bank of America Fair housing organizations have filed a federal discrimination complaint against Bank of America, claiming it maintains and markets foreclosed properties in white neighborhoods better than those in AfricanAmerican neighborhoods. The National Fair Housing Alliance filed the complaint on Sept. 25 with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the wake of an undercover investigation of 373 foreclosed homes in eight metropolitan areas, including in Atlanta. The probe found that 80 percent of Bank of America REO properties in communities of color in Atlanta were missing “for sale” signs and 40 percent have more than 10 maintenance or marketing problems, compared to none in white communities. The alliance said the probe demonstrates that the financial giant has engaged in a sys-

temic practice of maintaining and marketing its foreclosed, bank-owned properties (also known as real estate owned or REO properties) in a state of disrepair in communities of color while maintaining and marketing REO properties in predominantly white communities in a far superior manner. The investigation evaluated Bank of America REO properties in Atlanta; Dallas; Dayton, Ohio; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Oakland/Richmond/Concord, Calif.; Phoenix; and Washington, D.C. Gail Williams, executive director of Metro Fair Housing Services Inc., an alliance member, said the way Bank of America has treated its homes in Atlanta’s communities of color has led to depressed housing values and loss of wealth for the residents and the city. “That’s money that could have been used to support public services like roads and

police or for families to use toward their children’s education,” Williams said. “Bank of America has done a huge disservice to Atlanta and it’s time for some accountability.” Bank of America representatives did not respond to requests for comment. Metro Fair Housing Services (www is a 38-year-old nonprofit civil rights organization whose primary objective is to fight housing discrimination in metro Atlanta and promote equal housing opportunities throughout Georgia. Communities of color continue to experience foreclosure rates twice those of white communities and continue to see their REO homes left to deteriorate and sit vacant, the alliance says. The Fair Housing Act makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, national

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origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status as well as the race or national origin of residents of a neighborhood. The law applies to housing and housing-related activities, which include the maintenance, appraisal, listing, marketing and selling of homes. The National Fair Housing Alliance filed HUD administrative complaints against Wells Fargo and U.S. Bancorp in April. Both complaints are pending while HUD investigates the allegations. Founded in 1988, the Washington-based National Fair Housing Alliance is a consortium of more than 220 private, nonprofit fair housing organizations, state and local civil rights agencies, and individuals from throughout the United States. To read the HUD administrative complaint against Bank of America, visit www

Job fair at Rosel Fann Center Job seekers can meet with public and private employers on Oct. 9 at the Rosel Fann Recreation Center in Atlanta. The 10 a.m.-to-1 p.m. Resource and Career Expo is co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Labor and South Atlanta High School’s Law and Social Justice Parent-Teacher-Student Association. Employers will be hiring or discussing employment opportunities, and resource agencies will provide information about education and other help. Applicants should bring plenty of resumes and be prepared to fill out company applications and interview for available job openings. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately. Among the expected employers are the Art Institute of Atlanta, Avon, CHP International/Job Corps, Coca-Cola, Comcast, DeVry University’s Keller School, Executive Marketing Team, Global Protective Services, Goodwill of North Georgia, House of Hawk Transportation, Pepsi-Cola, Primerica, and the Trinity Group. The Rosel Fann Recreation Center is at 365 Cleveland Ave. For more information, contact Crystal Newton at 404-679-0509 or Janice Burley-Black at 404-679-0507.


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“We’re talking about people who may or may not know they’re HIVpositive and for whatever reason are not in care.”

Funding to expand HIV care Georgia has been awarded $2.5 million to link more HIV-positive residents with treatment. The Department of Public Health announced the award from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 2. Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal, director of the state’s J. Patrick O’Neal Division of Health Protection, said the award will further efforts to reduce the spread of HIV infection. “We’re talking about people who may or may not know they’re HIV-positive and for whatever reason are not in care,” O’Neal said. “Linking these patients with treatment is essential to reducing HIV transmission in Georgia.” In September, health workers within Georgia’s HIV unit reduced the waiting

list for medications under the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, or ADAP, to zero – meaning everyone known to be in need of care is receiving it. This new CDC grant is targeted at identifying those still without, or not seeking, treatment. “There are a significant number of HIVpositive individuals in Georgia who are not receiving care and treatment,” O’Neal said. “Those patients are not getting treatment for any number of reasons – they are afraid to learn the results of their HIV tests, they have received the results but are in denial over them, or they have started treatment and simply dropped out.” Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, public health commissioner, said the goal is to identify more Georgians for HIV care and prevention. “This grant will help us reach those still without treatment,” she said. For more information, visit http://health

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DeKalb Medical gets hi-tech MRI Cancer detection has gone really hightech at DeKalb Medical with the acquisition of a powerful new open Siemens Magnetom Spectra 3 Tesla (3T) Skyra. The magnetic resonance imaging machine at the medical center’s North Decatur campus is helping diagnose a wide range of conditions, including breast cancer, neurologic disorders, sprains and fractures. It was donated by philanthropist Dr. M. Bobbie Bailey to the DeKalb Medical Foundation and installed in September. The Siemens Magnetom Spectra 3 Tesla (3T) Skyra is the most powerful open MRI machine clinically available. Radiologist Gordon Hixson said the gift keeps DeKalb Medical on the cutting edge. “We want to be ahead of the curve in providing quality care to our patients, and with this Skyra 3T scanner, we will be for quite a while,” Hixson said. Among its uses, Hixson said the machine performs “highly detailed breast tissue scans that allow us to detect cancer early as well as high-resolution brain imaging we use in evaluating neurologic conditions.” In an Oct. 2 statement, DeKalb Medical said the machine’s “open MRI” design is patient-friendly and provides faster exams and clearer, highly detailed images for a more confident diagnosis. The open design accommodates patients up to 450 pounds. The machine is also environmentally friendly, consuming less energy than other 3T scanners. Leigh Minter, foundation executive direc-

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tor, said Bailey’s gift will benefit thousands. “We are so grateful for her support throughout the years,” Minter said. “Her donations have funded cutting-edge technology, including a PET/CT scanner, the daVinci Robotic Surgical System and now the 3T MRI that our physicians and health care teams utilize to deliver the latest, state-of-the-art medical treatment to our patients.” For more information, visit www.dekalb

Nia’s Place gets $350,000 federal grant Nia’s Place, a center that provides supervised child visitation and exchange for families affected by domestic violence, now has a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help it continue its work. The center for custodial and non-custodial parents is operated by the nonprofit Women’s Resource Center. DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, who announced the three-year grant from the federal Office on Violence Against Women on Oct. 2, said Nia’s Place is a national model for how partnerships between local governments and nonprofit organizations can reduce instances

of domestic violence. “By marrying the federal funding from OVW with the county’s resources, we are able to assist Nia’s Place in providing custodial and non-custodial parents with a safe environment for … visits right here in our county,” Jean Douglas Ellis said. Jean Douglas, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center, is pleased with the grant and collaboration with the county. “Since 2009, Nia’s Place has served 150 families,” Douglas said. “We are excited that the grant has been continued and look forward to continuing to keep families safe in DeKalb County.”

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Women can get free health screenings for vision, blood pressure, glucose and HIV at the inaugural “All About You: Total Women’s Health Fair” on Oct. 13 at the Browns Mill Recreation Center in Lithonia. The event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will help equip women with the tools to manage their health. It is hosted by the Women’s Ministry of Transforming Lives Christian Church International and also will provide information and resources and healthy living demonstrations. Confirmed vendors and sponsors are Kroger, Walmart and the DeKalb County Health Department. The fair serves as the kickoff for the ministry’s weekend women’s celebration that includes a Women’s Day service on Oct. 14 at Peace Lutheran Church, 1679 Columbia Drive in Decatur. Minister Diane Avery will be guest speaker at the service that starts at 5 p.m. Browns Mill Recreation Center is at 5101 Browns Mill Road. For more information, visit or call Melonie Hill at 404-808-7034.



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“Earning the Player of the Year award is humbling and I give thanks to God, my parents and my coach.”

DeKalb football alums make mark with Jets and Ole Miss Stephen Hill, DeKalb Schools football alums Stephen a 2009 Miller Hill and A.J. Hawkins are making their mark Grove grad, is in the NFL and on the college gridiron. a wide receiver Hill, a 2009 Miller Grove grad, earned for the New a starting role as wide receiver for the New York Jets. A.J. York Jets in his rookie season, a secondHawkins, a 2008 round pick out of Georgia Tech. Martin Luther The 6-4, 215-pound receiver had five King Jr. grad, is a receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns right guard at Ole in the Jets’ 48-28 win over the Buffalo Bills Miss. on Sept. 9. His first touchdown went for 33 yards on a pass from Mark Sanchez to give the Jets a 14-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter.  The pair connected again with 9:38 to play in the third quarter on a Texans on Oct. 8. of the Week for his play in helping Ole Miss 17-yard pass to put the Jets up 41-7. Hawkins, a 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. to a 28-10 win over Texas-El Paso on Sept. 8 Hill and the Jets (2-2) face the Houston grad, was named SEC Co-Offensive Lineman in Oxford, Miss.  The right guard was part of

an Ole Miss offensive line that racked up 538 yards of total offense, including 330 on the ground, against the Miners. It was the first time Ole Miss had rushed for more than 300 yards since a 435-yard performance against Fresno State in 2010. The Lithonia native made his 18th career start and second at right guard after playing center and left guard his first three seasons. Hawkins has helped Ole Miss lead the SEC in total offense and rushing offense and eclipse 500 total yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 2009.  He earned an SEC weekly award for the first time in his career, the second Rebel to be honored this year. He has started all five games at guard, and the team is 3-2 overall.

Superintendent to hold round-table sessions Edler hosting town hall Parents can meet School Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson at a series of round-table meetings Oct. 11-29. Parents can learn more about the status of current issues in the district as well as hear about new initiatives for the school year. There also will be a question-and-answer session. The meetings take place from 7 to 8 p.m. n Oct. 11 at McNair High, 1804 Bouldercrest Road S.E. in Atlanta. n Oct. 15 at Tucker High, 5036 LaVista Road in Tuck-

er. n Oct. 23 at Redan High, 5247 Redan Road in Stone Mountain. n Oct. 25 at Lithonia High, 2440 Phillips Road in Lithonia. n Oct. 29 at Dunwoody High, 5035 Vermack Road in Dunwoody. Submit questions to Lillian_m_govus@fc.dekalb

DeKalb School Board member Donna Edler will host a town hall meeting on Oct. 6 at Peace Baptist Church in Decatur. The one-hour meeting begins at 1 p.m. in Room C3. Edler, who represents District 7, said she will hear community concerns about school issues, including a vote coming up at the Oct. 8 School Board meeting on expanding magnet transportation for some students this school year. The church is at 1399 Austin Drive. To R.S.V.P., e-mail or call 404-288-1750.

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school grounds. Over two cleanup days, more than 3,000 pounds of garbage, including sofas, tents, mattresses and lots of drug paraphernalia, were collected. Paths were carved out of mazes of garbage. Extensive black mold was removed from the outside wall of one of the school’s buildings. Windows were washed and mulch was spread. On Oct. 13, the volunteers will be back for another massive cleanup. Rawlins said they will be working from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will need all the help they can get. “If we could get another 200 people, we could finish the project,” Rawlins said. Anyone can volunteer. Gloves, bags and other supplies will be provided. They also need volunteers with gas chain saws who can cut down small trees and branches. Rawlins said the primary job is to finish cleaning the woods of garbage and vegetation so Georgia Power can install security lights, a recommendation of DeKalb County Police. “We can also repair the fences where

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people are coming in,” she said. “You get it cleaned out and two days later, the stuff comes back.” Jeremy Lewis, executive director of the Clarkston Development Foundation, is a cleanup volunteer regular. “We’re really pleased that the community is working together to make changes in that space,” he said. “We just want to be supportive of that.” School system spokesman Jeff Dickerson


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there were little girls wearing dresses out there with rakes.” Rawlins said the school system’s police department, which is responsible for school campuses, has been non-responsive. However, she was able to get 2011 police records for Indian Creek Elementary that show seven reports for theft, vandalism and burglary. So far this year, there is just one report – for trespass. Rawlins said she is aware of other incidents on the campus this year and says all of them should be recorded to help police determine where resources should be allocated in the school system. CRIMETRAC, a crime mapping system on the DeKalb County Police Web site, indicates 591 crimes reported within a one-mile radius of the school over the past year, and 43 of them were within 500 feet. Campbell said they are fighting back by trying to build a sense of community at the school. “We’re just looking forward to everyone coming out to help out on Oct. 13,” she said.



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2004 Ford ExplorEr limitEd Leather, Sunroof, STK#A3015 .......................... $7995 2005 toyota SEquoia Leather, Sunroof, 4X4 STK#A3041 ............................. $9995 2009 NiSSaN SENtra Auto, P/W, P/L, CD, STK#A3070 .................................... $9998 2009 HoNda CiviC CoupE Sporty and a Great Gas Saver, STK#A2041....... $13,995 2009 toyota Camry lE Loads of Family Fun!! STK#A2031 ........................ $14,555 2006 volvo C70 CoNvErtiblE Leather, Alloy Wheels, Loaded, STK#A3098. $16,995 2010 dodgE CHargEr All Power, Upgraded Wheels, STK#A3072 ................. $17,995 2009 HoNda aCCord Ex V6, Sunroof, Alloy Wheels, STK#A3094 .................. $18,995 2008 volvo S80 Leather, Sunroof, Alloy Wheels, STK#A3063 ..................... $18,995 2007 iNFiNiti m35 Leather, Navigation, Sunroof, STK#A3061 ...................... $18,995 2004 mErCEdES-bENz Cl500 amg Sunroof, Leather, AMG Wheels, Loaded, STK#A3096. $19,995 2009 NiSSaN maxima Leather, Sunroof, STK#A3062................................. $20,995 2007 bmW 530i Leather, Sunroof, Sporty, STK#A2093 ................................ $20,995 2007 mErCEdES-bENz ClK550 CoNvErtiblE Leather, AMG Wheels, STK#C0003 $20,995 2009 volKSWagEN CC Leather, Pamaramic Roof, Loaded, STK#A3089 ..... $21,995 2009 liNColN mKS THX Pkg, NAV, Backup Camera, Sunroof, Leather, STK#A3050 $21,995 2009 mErCEdES-bENz C300W Leather, Sunroof, STK#A3081................... $21,995 2010 dodgE CHallENgEr P/W, P/L, Alloy Wheels, STK#A3097...................... $21,995 2009 HyuNdai gENESiS Leather, Navigation System, Sunroof, STK#A3099 ... $21,995 2007 mErCEdES-bENz r500 Leather, Sunroof, 3rd Row Seating, STK#A3082 $22,995 2007 mErCEdES-bENz E350 Sunroof, Leather, Bluetooth, Navigation System, STK#A3091 $22,995 2010 mErCEdES-bENz E350 Leather, Sunroof, Navigation System, STK#C9307 $38,995

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